Wiz Khalifa

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Wiz Khalifa (born Cameron Jibril Thomaz, 8.9.1987)

Wiz Khalifa is an American rapper, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Wiz Khalifa: Childhood

Wiz Khalifa was born in Minot, North Dakota, though his parents' military service commitments caused the family to move frequently. He lived in Japan, Germany and England, before settling in Pittsburgh and attending Taylor Allderdice High School.

On his 17th birthday, he got his stage name tattooed on himself. 'Khalifa' is an Arabic word meaning 'successor' and 'wisdom'.

Wiz Khalifa: Career

Counting the likes of Notorious B.I.G., Camp Lo and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony amongst his biggest influence, Wiz Khalifa released his debut mixtape, Prince of the City: Welcome to Pistolvania in 2005. This led on to his first debut album proper, entitled Show and Prove. The album was released on Rostrum Records in 2006 and featured the single 'Pittsburgh Sound'.

The following year, Wiz Khalifa released another two mixtapes through Rostrum Records (Grow Season, hosted by DJ Green Lantern and Prince of the City 2) and signed to Warner Bros. Records.

Khalifa's breakthrough single was 'Say Yeah', which reached number 25 on the Billboard chart and features the vocals of 'Better Off Alone' by Alice Deejay. Wiz Khalifa's own vocals from the track feature on the Girl Talk mash-up album of 2008, Feed the Animals, over Underworld's 'Born Slippy', The Cure's 'In Between Days' and 'Love In This Club' by Usher.

The next mixtapes released by Wiz Khalifa were Star Power in 2008 and Flight School in 2009. Later that year, he appeared at the Amphitheatre at Station Square, Pittsburgh, with Modey Lemon, Grand Buffet and Don Caballero. It was here that he announced that his professional relationship with Warner Bros. Records was over.

Instead, Wiz Khalifa resumed working with Rostrum Records. He released the single 'Teach U To Fly' as well as the mixtape How to Fly, which was a collaboration with Curren$y, a rapper from New Orleans.

At the 2009 CMJ music awards, Wiz Khalifa opened for U-God of Wu Tang Clan. He went on to release another mixtape, Burn After Rolling. On this mix, he raps over a number of popular tunes, such as 'If I Were a Boy' by Beyonce, 'Walking on a Dream' by Empire of the Sun and 'Best I Ever Had' by Drake.

As part of the 2010 SXSW festival, Wiz Khalifa performed at Emo's in Austin, Texas. Alongside Yelawolf, he performed on the 20-date 'Deal or No Deal' tour.

The next mixtape from Khalifa was Kush and Orange Juice, released in April 2010 and a couple of months later, announced that he was signing another major deal; this time with Atlantic Records. Khalifa and Curren$y appeared in the video for the Rick Ross single, 'Super High'.

In the MTV Hottest Breakthrough MC contest of 2010, Wiz Khalifa was victorious, with almost 70,000 votes; beating the likes of Nicki Minaj, Travis Porter and Diggy Simmons. At the Soundset Festival of 2010, in Minneapolis, Wiz appeared alongside Del the Funky Homosapien and Method Man & Redman. He also performed on the same stage as Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill, A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One and Slick Rick at the Rock the Bells festival.

Wiz Khalifa: Personal Life

After a gig at East Carolina University, Wiz Khalifa was arrested for trafficking marijuana. He raised the $30,000 bail and resumed his tour.

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16th June 2014 -

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28th May 2014 -

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Wiz Khalifa is known for his love for smoking marijuana, and this doesn't change when his hobby even lands him behind bars.The rap star was arrested on Sunday (May 25th) after the Transportation Security Agency...

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20th February 2014 -

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25th September 2013 -

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Miley Cyrus has sashayed into the world of rap with Mike WiLL Made It's new song, '23,' featuring the twerking 20 year-old on guest vocals alongside Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J. The song and music...

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24th May 2013 -

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24th April 2013 -

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With his boy band days firmly behind him, it looks like Justin Timberlake is finally getting some street cred. Wiz Khalifa talked about Justin’s upcoming collaboration with the King Of Ratchet, Juicy J. Timberlake is...

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20th April 2013 -

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There’s no denying the popularity and power of Twitter; 200m monthly users tells you all you need to know. But do Twitter risk jeopardizing their gleaming reputation by entering into the music market?On the...

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22nd February 2013 -

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Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose's baby boy was introduced to the world on Twitter this week in a rather nice father-son snap that saw rapper Wiz cradling his kid in the hospital, hours after Amber...

Wiz Khalifa And Amber Rose Announce The Birth Of Son, Sebastian 'The Bash' Taylor Thomaz

22nd February 2013 -

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Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose would kindly like you to say hello to Sebastian 'The Bash' Taylor Thomaz, the pair's first child together.The couple each uploaded comments regarding the birth of their new son on...

Grammy's Cover-Up Dress Code: Surely Rihanna Was Intended Recipient?

8th February 2013 -

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Out Now: US Album Releases, Django Unchained OST features Rick Ross, Chief Keef Banks On Hip-Hop Heavyweight Support, Eric Clapton's Slowhand Revisited

18th December 2012 -

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A mixed week for US albums releases; old classics given an airing, a major movie soundtrack launched and hip-hop artists new and old having a stab at chart success. Currently, the top of the US...

A Week In Music: Bruno Mars Steps Up A Gear, Ke$ha Delivers Bonkers Pop, The Killers Release Bizarre Xmas Video and Much More!

10th December 2012 -

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Albums of Note... It looks as though Bruno Mars has stepped things up a gear on Unorthodox Jukebox. From straight-up pop songs, to disco and funk stylings, and a nod to reggae in there too,...

Wiz Khalifa Remember You

7th December 2012 -

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'This Is Not A Drugs Album': Wiz Khalifa On New Record O.N.I.F.C

5th December 2012 -

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Wiz Khalifa’s new album O.N.I.F.C (abbreviated from One Night In First Class, or if you’re feeling slightly more edgy, One Nigga In First Class) is out in the US this week, with many expecting the...

Out Now: US Album Releases - Ke$ha, Paloma Faith, Wiz Khalifa, Scott Walker

4th December 2012 -

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So, Rihanna finally bumped Taylor Swift from the top of the US album charts, with the aptly-titled Unapologetic. Could it be that Ke$ha does the same to her Barbadian pop rival, with the release of...

Amber Rose And Wiz Khalifa Announce Plans To Marry "In A Few Weeks"

28th November 2012 -

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Amber Rose hasn’t dropped a baby yet, but her partner Wiz Khalifa dropped a bombshell yesterday (November 27, 2012) when he appeared on Angie Martinez’s show on Hot 97. Wiz told listeners that he plans...

Bigger Than Elvis! Lil' Wayne Scores More Billboard Entries Than The King

27th September 2012 -

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Hip-hop star Lil’ Wayne can officially claim to be better than the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley! Well, in one sense, he can. Lil Wayne is now the male artist with the most...

Wiz Khalifa Under Investigation For Hit And Run Incident

25th September 2012 -

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Wiz Khalifa has been implicated in a hit and run, and is under investigation according to MTV. The Taylor Gang rapper is now under investigation for supposedly bolting the scene of a hit-and-run accident that...

A Coup For American Idol, But Is Nicki Minaj’s New Job A Boost For Hip-Hop?

19th September 2012 -

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Nicki Minaj’s decision to join the American Idol judging panel will undoubtedly do wonders for her own career but will could other rappers expect the same success if they tried to pull a similar move?...

Wiz Khalifa Talks To Photographers In Nightclub

30th January 2012 -

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Rapper Wiz Khalifa and his girlfriend Amber Rose host a party at Cameo Nightclub at Miami Beach, Florida. Inside the club, the Black and Yellow rapper talks to the photographers but what he is saying...

Amber Rose And Wiz Khalifa Meet Fans At Miami Beach

30th January 2012 -

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Rapper Wiz Khalifa and his girlfriend, model Amber Rose, host a party at Cameo Nightclub in Miami Beach, Florida. The couple are seen talking to friends outside the club, while fans approach Amber for pictures....

Wiz Khalifa - Rolling Papers

26th April 2011 -

 Review

You've probably heard of Wiz Khalifa by now; the 'G-Mix' (sigh) of his single 'Black and Yellow' has been bothering the airwaves for a good few weeks, having reached number five in the singles chart....

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